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Thailand Cosmetics Legislation

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     Thailand Cosmetics Legislation

    Overarching Regulation
    Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558 (2015)
    Competent Authority
    Thai Food and Drug Administration  (TFDA)
    Main Supporting Rules 
    Aug 23 2018Regulations of Notification Receipt
    May 4 2018Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Production or Import of Cosmetic Products

    The Cosmetic Act B.E. 2535 (1992) was the overarching cosmetic regulation in Thailand and remained unchanged for more than 20 years. As a member of ASEAN, Thailand was required to be adopted and implemented ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) in 2008. However, the Cosmetic Act B.E. 2535 did not fully align with the ACD. To change the status, an amended Act named Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558 (2015) implemented on September 9 2015. Since then, an improved notification system was established and the notification is valid for only 3 years other than life-time which will indirectly promote the development of cosmetic industry. The post-market surveillance becomes the emphasis to cosmetic supervision.


    Part 1 Regulatory Framework and Competent Authority

    1. Existing Main Cosmetic Regulations in Thailand


    Implementation Date


    Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558 (2015)


    In force

    Regulations of Notification Receipt2018-08-23In force
    Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Production or Import of Cosmetic Products2018-05-04In force
    Requirements for Application of Accreditation and Certification of Manufacture and Import Sites2018-05-17In force
    Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Manufacturers for Sale, Importers for Sale or Manufacture Contractor to Keep Cosmetic Information for Examination2018-04-12In force
    Requirements for Cosmetic Labeling2019-06-15In force

    2. Competent Authority of Cosmetics

    The Minister of Public Health is in charge of formulating and issuing cosmetic regulations, measures and standards and the execution of the regulations.

    The Food and Drug Administration focuses on the notification and post-market surveillance of cosmetics.

    The Cosmetics Committee is responsible for

    • giving advice and consultation to the Minister on matters relating to policies and regulatory measures for cosmetics under the Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558;
    • giving advice and consultation to the Minister on the issuing of announcements;
    • giving advice and consultation on the revocation of notification receipts;
    • approving the revocation of notification receipts;
    • performing other functions as may be prescribed by law or as assigned by the Minister.

    Part 2 Cosmetic Products

    1. Definition

    Cosmetic product refer to any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact (by applying to, massaging or rubbing into, sprinkling or spraying on, dropping onto, introducing into, perfuming, or by any other means,) with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition but shall not include ornaments and clothing which are deemed as accessories outside human body.

    Any products having pharmaceutical characteristics such as those affecting or altering the functions or structure of human body or presenting as pharmaceutical products are outside the scope of cosmetic regulation. List of Names of Cosmetics Prohibited for Manufacture, Import and Sale and Cosmetics Prohibited for Manufacture, Import and Sale defines certain cosmetics prohibited for manufacture, import and sale.

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